Donegal easily beat poor Antrim team

Donegal easily beat a very poor Antrim team in Ballybofey this afternoon, It was a shockingly poor match in bad conditions.

Ryan Bradley won the man of the match.

Donegal 1-10 0-07 Antrim 3:30pm
70+3min played

Match tracker
70+3 Kevin Nilock gets the last point of the match.
70+1 Mark McHugh gets a goal for Donegal.
70min Eventually the 70 minutes are up, its been one of the worst matches i have ever seen and Donegal will need to play a lot better to be thinking about a Ulster title.
68min Mark Dougan gets sent off for a elbow in the face.
66min Tomas McCann gets his second point, four behind a goal would make it interesting.
64min Mark Dougan the Antrim sub gets it back to five down.
60min The only people with any interest in the last ten minutes are ones who backed Donegal-5, its just such a poor match in awful conditions.
58min Poor wide for Antrim, its their sixth wide of the match.
56min Antrim win the first 45 of the match.
54min Paddy McBrierty comes on for Donegal after playing the minor match earlier.
52min Michael Murphy kicks a free over to leave Donegal six points up, its a shocking poor match.
50min Poor wide from Frank McGlynn, the Donegal wides are mounting up.
48min Michael Murphy kicks a free wide, he really should of kicked it over.
45min Goal chance for Kevin Niblock but its well saved.
44min Michael Murphy kicks his second free of the day.
41min Mark Mchugh kicks a nice point from play, Donegal go four up.
40min Poor wide from Ryan Bradley.
39min Colm McFadden kicks his second point of the game and restores Donegals three point lead.
37min Tomas McCann kicks a nice point from play for Antrim.
36min The rain is really coming down as the second half gets underway.
35+4 Poor wide from Cavanagh for Donegal, the Ref lows the halftime whislte. Thats 40minutes of shocking poor football.
35+2 Paddy Cunningham kicks another free wide.
35min Four minutes injury time to be played.
35min Dermot Molly gives Donegal a three point lead at half time.
34min Paddy Cunningham kicks Antrims first point from play.
33min Ryan Bradley kicks his second point from play and leaves Donegal three up.
31min Shocking wide from Colm Murray for twenty yards out, it very lazy football from both sides.
29min Martin McElhinney wins a free, Murphy kicks it over.
27min A Hanlon kicks a point from play to give Donegal the lead.
24min Paddy Cunningham make up for his poor miss earlier to kick Antrim level.
22min Really nice point from Ryan Bradley for Donegal.
20min Twenty minutes in and still no point from play.
18min Michael Murphy gets a yellow card which is very bad new for Donegal fans.
16min Paddy Cunningham kicks the free wide, shocking play.
15min Antrim have an easy free which should see them take the lead.
14min D Molly hits a free wide for Donegal.
11min Kevin Niblock gets Antrims first score form a free.
9min Game held up for an injury.
8min Very poor start to the match with the wet conditions playing its part.
5min Antrim go on the attack, but the Donegal defence are well on top.
3min Poor wide from R Kavanagh, he really should of popped it over the bar.
2min M Murphy kicks the easy free over the bar.
1min Match underway, with Donegal on the attack and they win a free in.
0min There is a huge wind in ballybofey and it will be interesting to see who has it in the first half

Team News
Antrim (SF v Donegal): S O’Neill; K O’Boyle, R Johnston, C Brady; T Scullion, J Crozier, A Healy; M McCann, A Gallagher; C Murray, T McCann, M Sweeney; P Cunningham, B Herron, K Niblock.

Donegal (SF v Antrim) Paul Durkan, K Lacey, N McGee, P McGrath, F McGlynn, K Cassidy, A Thompson, R Kavanagh, M McElhinney, M MuHugh, D Molly, R Bradley, A Hanlon, M Murphy, C McFadden.

Donegal and Antrim face off in Ballybofey on Sunday,in the preliminary round of the Ulster senior football championship.

The home side will be hot favourites for this tie, riding the crest of a wave at present,fresh from their Division Two National League title. While the men in green and gold were flying high,the Saffrons had a very poor league campaign and were relegated to the third tier. Indeed they only picked up two points over the winter and were a bitter disappointment.

When the two counties met in the league in Ballyshannon,Donegal emerged with a 1-17 to 1-08 victory. They were full value for their nine point win on the day,and it is very difficult to see Antrim turning the tables. Had this match been fixed for Casement Park, the familiar surroundings may have helped the Antrim cause,but with Jim McGuinness’s men at home,it is hard to envisage anything other than a comfortable Donegal victory.

Ulster is a notoriously difficult province to win,but Donegal have to rank as serious contenders alongside Tyrone and Down. It will be a major surprise if they do not get their campaign off to a winning start this weekend.


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